Updated: 28/07/17 : 05:04:31
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Ballygawley named in new post services promotion

THE BALLYGAWLEY office which was threatened closure last year features in a new promotion by the postal services.

The promo relates to the Smart Current Account and debit card recently introduced by An Post.

Flyers delivered this week to homes in Sligo town for the new service advise the public to ''find out more.....at Ballygawley and Sligo post offices.''

The service takes what it calls a ''low monthly charge,'' which deduction will cover direct debits and credit transfer fees.

A key feature offers 'MoneyBack' partnerships for card holders with several leading businesses.

These include Lidl, SSE Airtricity, Elverys, Oxendales, Post Insurance and Sunways.

The new service is being marketed as 'Post Smart' and according to this week's flyer advert will apply at ''selected post offices.''

Robust Case

This seems bonus good news for Ballygawley and it's wider community, which engaged in an extensive campaign last winter to save its services.

Hundreds of signatures were collected locally and in neighbouring areas late last year.

Submissions were also made last November to the retail services manager.

Senior managers of An Post met with local campaigners where a robust case was made for keeping Ballygawley Post Office open. See link below.

Political veteran and GAA man Thomas Walsh headed up the campaign. 

Said Walsh: ''We are hugely encouraged as a community with the many letters, phonecalls, texts and messages of support for the retention of the service.''

Threats of closure still hang over hundreds of Post Office branches across the State.

That follows remarks on RTÉ ''Prime Time'' last April by An Post boss David McRedmond.

Since then, stamps have risen sharp in price -- €1 for a letter inside Ireland, €1.35 for a letter to the UK.

Link: See Sligo Today 8/12/2016 and 12/4/2017.